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Altai Eagle Festival tour 2024

Altai Eagle Festival Mongolia 2024 | Golden eagle Festival

8days/7nights

Tour grade: Easy

From: US$ 2,500

Style: Traveller

  • Altai eagle festival: Eagle training demonstrations, games and competitions
  • Explore Western Mongolia: diverse cultures and customs of Mongolian ethnic groups
  • Visit Kazakh eagle trainer families and witness their hospitality
  • Highlights of the nomadic capital Ulaanbaatar
  • Breathtaking sceneries and endless photo opportunities!

Tour Overview

This spectacular event includes competitions based on speed, agility, and accuracy of these magnificent Golden Eagles and some great Kazakh traditional games such as Bushkashi, Tiyn Ter, archery and traditional camel racing etc are also organized on the festival days.

This fantastic festival celebrating the Kazakhs' honoured Eagle is also a celebration of Kazakh traditional heritage. In order to maintain the event as a festival for the Kazakhs themselves, attendance is limited. The highlight of this fantastic trip is interacting with the Kazakhs and other ethnic groups and living with them for a couple of days to take part in the eagle training and get to know about the unique Kazakh culture. Landscape and cultural sightseeing blend easily in Mongolia – you will have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, and to take part in horse-riding or guided walking if you wish – there are also endless opportunities for photography.

Tour map

Altai Eagle Festival map

Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Sep 17. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 2: Sep 18. City tour
  • Day 3: Sep 19. Olgii town, Bayan-Olgii province
  • Day 4: Sep 20. Day Trip Eagle hunter family
  • Day 5: Sep 21. Altai Eagle Festival
  • Day 6: Sep 22. Altai Eagle Festival
  • Day 7: Sep 23. Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 8: Sep 24. Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Tour images

Eagle Hunter with his golden eagle
During the Eagle festival
Kazakh family ger
Eagle Festival in Mongolia

Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Sep 17. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel (standard check-in time is 3 pm). The remainder of the day is for you to get over jet lag and take a good rest before your wonderful journey across Mongolia.

 

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Hotel 4*

 

Day 2:

Sep 18. Giant Genghis Statue Tour

Meet your English-speaking local guide at 08:00 in the morning in the hotel lobby and start the city tour. The city tour of Ulaanbaatar takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26-meter-high gilded statue of the Buddha. Your tour also takes you to the Genghis Khan monument on the square and the National History Museum, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Chinggis Khan's empire-building. Welcome lunch in a Mongolian restaurant.

 

Afterwards, we will drive to the Giant Chinggis (Genghis) Statue, the tallest horseman statue in the world. In the early evening, drive back to the city & dinner is independent. 

 

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Hotel 4*

Meals:

Breakfast

Lunch

 

 

Day 3:

Sep 19. Olgii town, Bayan-Olgii province

We catch a flight to Olgii town this morning. Upon arrival, meet your local driver at the airport and transfer to our accommodation. Today we will have sightseeing in Olgii town including Olgii museum, mosque and local bazaar. Visit Nairamdal Tolgoi hill for the panoramic view of Olgii town.  

 

Accommodation: Local Hotel 

Meals:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner 

Day 4:

Sep 20. Day Trip Eagle hunter family

Today we will leave the town and drive to the eagle trainer Kazakh family home. Get the introduction of Kazakh nomadic lifestyle and see how the eagles are trained at the spot. Enjoy talking to the Kazakh nomads and experience real nomadic hospitality. Lunch at the family and we will see private eagle demonstration of training. Transfer back to Olgii to our hotel in the evening.

 

Accommodation: Local Hotel 

Meals:

Breakfast

Lunch

 

Day 5:

Sep 21. Altai Eagle Festival

After breakfast, we drive to Tolbo lake to visit the venue of the festival and see annual Altai Eagle Festival. Enjoy watching opening ceremony that includes parade of Eagle Hunters with their eagles and horses. Today we will watch Fox Skin contest among eagle hunters and it is a real test of hunter’s ability, Eagles must catch a fox skin dragged behind their trainer’s horse. We will also see western Mongol archery, Kazakh traditional games such as Kyz Kuar, Bushkashi and Tiyn Teru. Transfer back to the accommodation in Olgii. Dinner and overnight. 

 

Accommodation: Local Hotel 

Meals:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner 

Day 6:

Sep 22. Altai Eagle Festival

Today’s highlight is Eagle call competition among hunters. It is about testing hunter’s ability to call Eagle to their horse from a distance. We will also see camel race, and other traditional Kazak games such as Tiyn Tery, Bushkashi and Kyz Kuar. Awarding and closing ceremonies in the evening. Transfer to the accommodation in Olgii after the festival.

 

Accommodation: Local Hotel 

Meals:

Breakfast

Lunch

 

Day 7:

Sep 23. Ulaanbaatar

Today, we will take a local flight from Olgii town back to Ulaanbaatar city. Upon arrival, depending on the schedule of the domestic flight, you will either have some free time to explore the city on your own or simply rest at the hotel. 

 

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Hotel 4*

Meals:

Breakfast

Lunch

Day 8:

Sep 24. Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service.

Meals:

Breakfast

 

Date & Price

Tour Dates:

17th Sep- 24th Sep 2024  

If you wish to take this tour as a private tour, just click the "Customize this tour" button at the bottom of the page and tailor-make the itinerary in anyway you wish. Upon receiving your request, one of our travel advisors will get back to you shortly with a proposal and quote.


Tour Price:

Pax 4-12 US$ 2500 per person  
Single supplement charge        US$ 340  

 

 

 

 

 

Included Services:

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide(s) throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers (4WD Russian minivan+ Experienced driver) in Olgii
  • Private transfers (Comfortable van/bus with AC+ Experienced driver) in Ulaanbaatar
  • Airport transfers
  • Twin/double share at centrally located 4-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Twin/double share at local hotel in Olgii town
  • Olgii-ULN flight ticket RT+ Tax (15kg luggage+ 5 kg carry on free)
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Altai Eagle festival ticket and arrangement
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Altai Eagle Festival tour souvenir!

 

Not Included in the Service

  • International Airfare/train tickets + Tax
  • Travel insurance & Visa fees
  • Early check-in or late check-out fees in hotels 
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc. 
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities: horse/camel riding, archery, etc.

 

Tour Background

Accommodation info on your Mongolia tours 

Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, offers a variety of hotels ranging from basic guesthouses to high-end 5* hotel.

Some of our Mongolia tours do not include the hotel stays in Ulaanbaatar in the tour package, where clients can choose a hotel that suits their needs and budget. Please make sure to check your tour program`s Inclusions and Exclusions section to confirm if your hotel stay is included in the package.

If you wish us to book your hotel for you, your travel consultant will be happy to recommend and book an ideal hotel for you. 

 

Here are hotels that are recommended by us:  

  • Holiday Inn (4*)
  • Best Western Premier (5*)
  • Shangri-La Hotel (5*)

 

Outside Ulaanbaatar: Outside of Ulaanbaatar where there are no hotels, tourist Ger (yurt) camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongolians have lived in Gers for thousands of years. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-3 beds with good bedding (1 Ger equals 1 hotel room), and also offer well-maintained public western style showers and WCs on their grounds. Some Ger camps offer en-suite bathroom facilities at additional charge, please ask your Selena Travel advisor for further details when booking your Mongolia tour. 

 

Food on Selena Travel tours 

In the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, a great variety of restaurants can be found and you will be eating at some of the best restaurants of Ulaanbaatar on your Mongolia tour while in the capital. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps, local cafes in the small towns and sometimes nomadic families will be the places where you will be eating most of your meal. Ger restaurants often offer set continental breakfasts, set menu lunches and dinners consisting of salad or soup, main course and dessert.

 

 While on the tour, during your longer driving days you will take packed lunch from Ger camps, often vegetable salad, main course such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings and a small dessert, while hitting the road. Most of the food restrictions and allergies such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and many others, can be accommodated with easy on your Mongolia adventure.

 

 Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours 

If you are on an overland only tour across Mongolia, the recommended weight of your luggage is 20kg per person (max). However, kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 kg for the carry on luggage). It is possible to purchase extra luggage space which costs US$2 - 5 per 1kg.

 

DESTINATION & ATTRACTIONS BRIEF INFO

Historically, nomadic Kazakhs of Western Mongolia depended on Golden Eagles for hunting. The Berkut Association is a community-based association consisting of local Kazakhs who are committed to preserving their traditional heritage and conserving the Golden Eagle. All proceeds from the festival's ticket sales will go to the Berkut Association, which will use these funds to further the goals of the organization including arranging the eagle festival each year. The Golden eagle festival will be held on 03 – 04 Oct 2015.


One of the last true wilderness areas of Asia, the stunning beauty of the magnificent Altai Mountains will be the backdrop for this extraordinary Eagle Festival. A highlight of any trip to this region is interacting with local Kazakhs and learning about their unique culture. Approximately ninety percent of the population of Bayan-Ulgii is Kazakh and though their pastoral-nomadic lifestyle is similar to that of Mongolians, these Kazakh-speaking nomads are predominantly Moslem. Passed down from their Turkic ancestors, many Kazakhs are still hunting with trained Golden Eagles whose vision is eight times more acute than humans.

 

Female eagles are preferred since they are believed to be more aggressive and weigh as much as fifteen pounds (nearly one-third more than the males). Kazakh women are renowned for their skills in embroidery and appliqué-hand-crafted felt carpets line the floor of their gers and delicately embroidered tapestries adorn the walls in a dazzling mosaic of colors.

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